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process. the vehicles are inspected by the sfpd. i would like to use the overhead projector to show you photos of illegal cabs to give you an idea of how rampant this problem has become. it really needs to be addressed as a matter of public safety. can i get the overhead? i am pointing this out. this is an imitation of our realyellow cab. 333-3333 is a real phone number. these are 333-3633. these are very professionally done. here is another one. they all have 333-3633. here is an example of an illegal taxicab that i took a picture of in san francisco. here is a picture of an illegal
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limo. there is no way of identifying these cars if somebody is a salted or loses something in the cab -- is assaulted or loses something in the cab. some of these people have been fired by other companies or cannot get tired. hiyashi and taxi services is implementing, or trying to implement, another plan to make it more bearable with open taxi access, which would allow people in under-served districts to look of their computer and see where the cabs are. [tone] supervisor mirkarimi: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> i am a yellow cab driver.
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i am a night driver. this is the very first proposed legislation i have seen. the best one i have seen that addresses many issues of our industry, 10 years at least, we have had town meetings, and meetings, and we are talking about the same issues. this addresses many of them. the obvious ones, corruption. doormen, i have not taken a ride to the airport out of many hotels. it is absolutely ridiculous. this also addresses public safety. many other issues, like revenue for the driver. if you don't have the legal
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vehicles, revenue increases. for the safety, i had at least two female passengers that told me had been raped. think how many are out there. a black limousine, a taxi that did not know the city, i had a graphic description of two young males leaving a club that for taken to another location and beaten. this is horrifying. can you see a criminal running around in a taxi picking up people? we're talking about something really bad. i had at least three tourists, one german, one french, and one italian, complain about san francisco taxis
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it is imperative you support this legislation. also, i want to thank hiyashi for her work. we support her. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am with united taxicab workers and a taxicab association. i have a medallion and i worked as management for green cab. i want to support this legislation. i -- thank you. i want to support this
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legislation. i don't think it is in controversy. some of these things are things we have been urging for many years. on the issue of safety, on the issue of service that supervisor cohen reyes, this is an enormous, a perplexing problem. i don't want to gloss it over. perhaps one approach to this might be to do a survey of other cities and a best practices, and see if anybody has found any successful solutions to it. it is everywhere and it has been that way. maybe it is industry inertia. maybe it is bureaucratic incompetence. it seems to be impervious to solution. i think it is worthy of another
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hearing and perhaps hearings on your part, rather than using this hearing. i think a hearing on the emt's oversight of the taxi industry would be constructive -- the mta's oversight of the taxi industry would be constructive. there are lots of questions that i think the board should get involved in. thank you. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. any other public comment? step, on up. -- step on up. >> i am not a taxicab driver. i hate to be a contrarian. let me say that i am in favor of greater enforcement of illegal town cars and cabs. my concern is this proposed legislation does not only do
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that. it purports to give the mta authority to regulate town cars and limousines that are already regulated by the california puc. it is in direct conflict with the provisions of the california public utilities code. i am an attorney. i have a client who has been in discussions with mca. supervisor mirkarimi: could use a your name, please? >> and daniel rocky -- daniel rocky. my client has developed an iphone application to interface with town cars. i have learned a lot about the regulatory scheme. under the california public utilities code, regulation of town cars and limousines is
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delegated to the puc. they are licensed by the puc. the code provides that the m.t.a. has no role in regulating those cars. the problem with this legislation as it purports to delegate to the mta authority that is invested in the puc. that is one issue. i got miss hiyashi to address that. the second issue i have is with the new section 7.3 0.6 -- 7.3.6. i understand that taxicab's don't appreciate when hotels, doormen, passengers -- take passengers to illegal town cars. [tone]
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it attempts to prohibit all referrals. i think it is written too broadly. it can potentially encompass concierge taking a tip to arrange a legal service. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. any other public comment that has not been made before? >> walter paulson. here is your friendly safe driver again. ♪ i think i'm gonna be sad i think it's today the cab that coming my way is not real, they say she's got a ticket to ride she's got a ticket to ride she's got a ticket to ride and she don't care
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and she shouldn't be running so high shall do right by the law she sees and before she gets to saying goodbye there is one thing, she is parking for free i think she's going away i think it's today ♪ supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. any other public comment? public comment is closed. mta, please? >> thank you very much. thank you for opening up public comment for the convenience of these industry members who came to testify. to briefly address supervisor cohen's question about representation --
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supervisor cohen: i am talking about the whole southeast. >> the response to your question about how is the industry oversight handled, the council is the industry council. the questions they consider are so technically deep into taxi industry that it would probably be difficult for a member of the public to follow. the taxi advisory council is there to consult with the mta board on matters that affect the industry. the citizens advisory council is a good place to talk about customer service. i went to the february 3 meeting of the citizens advisory council to talk about open taxi access, which i am about to share with you today. members said, i cannot get service in my neighborhood. those voices do have a place with the and thecac and sfmta oversight structure.
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to go to be presentation i wanted to bring to you that you requested last week -- get the last meeting, people. out there are two issues. the reason this legislation is before you have to do with the public policy of protecting public safety, to make sure model vehicles for hire, when customers get in, the vehicles have been inspected, they have liability insurance, and the drivers have been screened. we consider it a real public safety issue. angus -- an example happened in the interim between the first meeting in today. there was a collision between an illegal limousine and a licensed taxicabs in an intersection. the limousine careened out of control and hit a pole. seven people were injured, including two walking by on the sidewalk. it is not clear to me today whether that limousine have
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liability insurance to cover any of those injuries. as somebody pointed out, there is revenue implications here for the city. it is not a primary issue. people remind me all the time, the more you can get illegal vehicles off the street, the more you can supply taxis for working taxi drivers that will be able to supplement that demand. as you say, that is the issue related to the legislation. i wanted to bring you information on service initiatives that are under way at the sfmta. service problems are largely about distribution of taxis. neighborhoods have a hard time getting service. there are taxis downtown. drivers tend to work in the northeast. the question is, how can we improve distribution?
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i have pulled up on the chamber website here -- this is a proposal we are calling open taxi access. other people have referred to it otherwise. cabulous provides this as a private provider. the taxis you see on that real time digital map are available taxis. once they turn on the meter, they disappear from the map. once it gets out and they turned a meter back off again, they pop back up. you will see cabs disappear and then come back on. these are all in the northeast quadrant downtown. open taxi access is a way to try to help the service.
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fleets have chosen to sign up. we have -- we would like to put the revenue back into the industry. the provider will provide the infrastructure for this digital map to go into a lot of different locations. it can go into a restaurant's website. it can go into the sfmta's website. it can be posted on a personal website. what we would like to do through the open taxi access concept is expand the taxis you can see to the 1500 taxis on the streets all day long. you will be able to see the better distribution. when somebody picks them up and take them to a neighborhood, someone can see that taxi approaching and can hamlet. this is the open taxi access proposal that we are going to be
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entering into a contract for. i recognize that is not a satisfactory solution citywide because i know that not everybody has a smarthpphone or internet access. for example, somebody is coming out of treatment from a clinic, a chemo. -- chemotherapy patient. the typical model is the receptionist tries to call the taxi and the person is sitting in the lobby for two hours. with this technology, the receptionist could pull up this digital map, find a taxi nearby, and get a personal commitment from that driver that they are where the customer is waiting and they're on their way. it is an additional channel of communication allowing the customer to communicate directly between the person who wants the ride and the person who is available based on their geographic proximity. it allows them both to see each
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other as they approach. it is very cool technology. as far as improving neighborhood service, one of the ideas that might be a good idea is opening a dialogue between the taxi industry and the neighborhoods that are under-served so we can look for specific solutions, possibly in a particular neighborhood. there might be a place where it would be good to have a cab stand and neighbors recognize that. they may not necessarily be speaking to the industry. we are certainly happy to try to facilitate any conversations between the supervisors and the constituents in their districts and the taxi industry in order to attend by specific things we can do neighborhood by neighborhood. other service initiatives -- supervisor mirkarimi: we are needing to focus just on the legislation itself. let's get to that.
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my recommendation is that with some of the points supervisor cohen brought up, it leaves some homework if the mta and supervisor's office would like to collaborate further on how you might want to trail on the idea of creating some meaningful reform toward improving access and service for those areas. i think that seems like a virgin territory. from what i can hear, supervisor cohen's interest -- that is what i would encourage from this point forward. if we could get back to the legislation, i think that would be effective. >> ok. i think i probably said everything i have to say about the legislation. we consider it important and we are looking forward to enforcing the law and making more
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opportunities available to legitimate taxi drivers. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you very much for that through presentation. thank you very much. i don't believe there is any more need for it this the -- discussion or presentation. very good. i already had closed public comment. the matters before this body, supervisor cohen? i would like to make a motion that we -- supervisor cohen: i would like to make a motion that we approve it. supervisor mirkarimi: so moved. thank you to everybody for your attention. is there anything further? >> no, mr. chairman. supervisor mirkarimi: very good. this meeting is now adjourned.
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>> thanks for coming today. we are announcing are temporary homeowner's property tax reduction program. this is what most assessor's up and down the state are doing. homeowners are reliable -- of all property owners are eligible for a temporary, 1-year property-tax assessment reduction if they believe or if we believe dave -- the assess the value has fallen above their market value, which means that
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the value would be lower than the market value. in general, homeowners who are eligible, chances are, they purchased homes after 2003. we do get applicants who have owned homes since 1995 or earlier. in general, anybody who is owned their home prior to 2003, they are doing well, which is good news. chances are the market value is higher than the assessed value, meaning the property appreciate it. people we are able to offer little relief for, the sad news is, their homes have depreciated. there will be a little bit of relief for them. in general, last year, we saw 6400 applicants in comparison to four years ago when we had 248 requests. the form a simple. it is one page. name, telephone number, e-mail,
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and the address you are applying for. if you can give us sales in formation of similar types of homes, we do hope you can give us that. if you cannot come maternity leave blank and sign it. e-mail or fax it to us -- if you cannot give us that, leave it blank and sign it. e-mail or fax it was. tenderloin downtown, south of market, mission bay, and south beach. those were many of the new high- rise condominiums that went in to market the last four or five years. we have seen a significant amount of depreciation in those areas. gaviria that has seen the largest value drop is -- the other area that has seen the largest volume drop is the outer mission, amazon, those areas have seen the largest percentage drop. it is where we have been hit hardest with foreclosures.
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we make sure that we take an extra look. we proactively have been reviewing every home that was purchased after 2000. even though we think eligibility is for people up to 2003, we review any homeowner who purchased after 2000. that was roughly about 15,000 homeowners. of that, reduced -- no one had to apply or call us. we did this on our own. we reduced 10,000 of those homeowners. roughly, you have 10,000 reductions that we did on our own. 1700 reductions were done through this application process. 5000 time shares is how you get to the 17,000 number. just to give you a comparison, it is quite a bit in san francisco. these are huge numbers, larger than the dot com bust. alameda and santa clara did
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about 1000 come a tenfold. -- 1000, tenfold. we are doing better than our counterparts in other parts of the bay area. i feel fortunate. the tax reduction was about 21 million in taxes that were not collected. 21 million in taxes were not collected. that is a significant number. it is out of a $6.5 billion budget. overall, the difference to the city is still rather small compared to what it meant to many of the other counties in other areas. let me stop there and take questions. >> [inaudible] >> 6462. of those, we actually reviewed only 4177.
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many of those were already reviewed. we have actively reviewed them. some of them were not eligible. >> [inaudible] >> anybody who has gotten a reduction, they don't need to apply. we will look at it again. if you have gotten a reduction through an appeal or through our office, they don't need to apply again. they will be reviewed. they may want to apply because maybe they want to give us information we don't know. they are free to do that. that will be reviewed as part of that process. in general, they don't need to submit paperwork if they already got a reduction last year. >> [inaudible]
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>> well, i think because it is just flat, the market has not rebounded and gone up. we will probably see the same number of people deserve reductions last year. i think it will be comparable. traditionally, an economic recovery is like a v. this is more like a u. we're at the bottom of it right now. my feeling is we are going to see, you know, a very unusual real-estate market in san francisco. it will be flat and not appreciate a whole lot right now. the number people who are eligible is probably similar to last year. i bet we will give about the same number of reductions this year as we did last year. it will not be that much different. >> [inaudible] >> anybody that was reviewed -- everybody in san francisco got a letter from us in july.
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they were told what their assessed value was. there were told that they got a reduction. if they got a reduction based on the letter, they don't need to reapply. what people do is we will review applicants. the deadline is march 31. all 17,000 who got reductions will be reviewed automatically. everyone will get notified again in july. we will not talk to anybody prior to that. everyone else will be getting the standard notification in july. >> [inaudible] you review these every year. >> every year. the reductions we review every year. as the market appreciates, we may take their assessments up based on what the market value is. they may go all the way back up to the factor value. it may go up partially higher. obviously, that is what he would see.
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you would see a step over the years to include the appreciation based on what the market is feeling. right now, we are not seeing a whole lot of appreciation. chances are, the assessment will be a little bit different than last year. the original purchase applies plus whatever the inflation factor was on an annual basis. in general, up to 2%. we had a negative inflation factor for the first time last year. everybody got a reduction last year. >> [inaudible] >> this year, cpi based on the final number we saw, is. 5% positive. it is still well below 2%. -- is .5% positive. it is still well below 2%. the economy is still rather flat. >> [inaudible]
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>> everybody who does not get a reduction will get a .5% increase in their assessment. that is just a proximate. it will probably be pretty close to that. we can show you the website. we follow the same website. it is the state cpi. it is a tracking mechanism for the state. >> [inaudible] >> i think there will vote to finalize in the next month or two. i think the number is done. >> overall, when all is said and done, what is the amount that you're going to receive [inaudible] >> for reductions, it will really just depend on how much your proy


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